MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 07/06/1837 CO-SIGNED BY: AZARIAH C. FLAGG, WILLIAM CAMPBELL, E. E. KENDRICK - HFSID 155086
Sale Price $427.50
GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX, CO-SIGNED BY: AZARIAH C. FLAGG, WILLIAM CAMPBELL and E. E. KENDRICK
1837 check for $5,904.63, signed by three commissioners of New York State's Erie Canal Fund, including John A. Dix, President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861; Azariah C. Flagg, New York State secretary of state and comptroller; and William Campbell, New York State Surveyor General
Check signed "A.C. Flagg", "John A. Dix" and "William Campbell" as commissioners of the Erie Canal Fund. and endorsed "E.E. Kendrick" on verso. Black and brown ink notations in unknown hand. 6½x5, docketed on verso. July 6, 1837. Check no. 361 for $5,904.63, drawn from the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank and payable in cash to E. E. Kendrick. Memo line: "for W. C. Bucknell". E. E. KENDRICK was cashier of the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank from 1836 to 1849. As President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury (1861), JOHNADAMSDIX (1798-1879) telegraphed this famous order to the American cutter Robert McClelland in the port of New Orleans on Jan. 29, 1861, less than three months before the start of the American Civil War: "If any man attempts to haul down the American Flag, shoot him on the spot". Dix later commanded the Department of Virginia (1862-1863) and the Department of the East (1863-1865). After the Civil War, he was Minister to France (1866-1869) and Governor of New York (1872-1874). The U. S. Army's Fort Dix in New Jersey is named in his honor. Dix was also a New York politician and a member of the state's Canal Commission. His fellow commissioners included AZARIAH C. FLAGG (1790-1873) who was also the Comptroller of the Erie Canal, New York State secretary of state (1826-1832) and comptroller (1834-1839, 1842-1846), and WILLIAM CAMPBELL (c. 1767-1844), who was New York State Surveyor General (1835-1838). Together, the three commissioners signing here were responsible for reducing tolls on the Erie Canal, a move which paid off in increased traffic and increased revenues as well. The Erie Canal, opened in 1825, linked the Hudson River at Albany to Lake Erie at Buffalo, contributing greatly to the settlement of western New York State and linking the farms of the Middle West to markets in the East and in Europe. Lightly toned and creased. Normal cancellation cuts, which touch Campbell's signature. Dix and Campbell's signatures touch. Show-through from docket touches notations but not signatures. Neatly torn from binding at left edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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